Why Govt Should Enforce Laws Against Blockage Of Natural Waterways

The impact of the violation of environmental sanitation (blockage of water ways), usually spells doom, especially to the innocent ones who complied with the laws.
Places in Niger Delta, such as Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Aboh, Ojobo, and others, experience high incidences of such violation in the state.
To address this dangerous act, Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Hon. John Nani, threatened recently to apply the sledge hammer on defaulters.
The Commissioner, who expressed vexation of the environmental impact the blockage of natural waterways had earned the state, threatened on the day he resumed duty to enforce sanitation compliance, especially against those that block the waterways with illegal structures.
According to him, defaulters would be compelled to pay for the cost of removing or demolishing their structures, adding that it would not be business as usual, ‘‘and there will be no sacred cows’’.
Those interviewed also urged the Ministry of Environment to sanction defaulters who illegally dump filth in rivers, streams, drainage systems or waterways, adding that such illegal action was impacting negatively on the ecology of the affected places.
Mr. Mark Chidi, an environmentalist, expressed worry at the pace most rivers and streams were losing their river beds to the waste and called for the immediate intervention of the state government and stakeholders on environmental issues.
In his reaction, one of the fishermen in Warri coastal areas, Mr. Solomon David, expressed sadness at the pace most of the rivers were losing their depth to refuse illegally dumped by defaulters.
He noted that some of the filth were dumped into the drains and waterways, which, he said, were finally eroded into the rivers, occupying the beds, in the process making shallow, disrupting the natural features, such violation, according to him, affects the marine life.
One of the direct effects of the presence of filth in the water is that it affects fish and forces many to migrate out of the affected areas. Such migration of fish population directly affects the fishermen and their economy too.
The presence of waste materials and their threat to marine life call for immediate attention of the stakeholders in environment, in order to curb their socio-economic impacts. Such wastes impacted negatively on the Orogodo River in Ika Kingdom, the residents of Agbor and the state and Federal Governments had spent a lot of fund on the dredging of the river.